Patrick T. Lanigan Funeral Home
1111 Monroeville Ave
Turtle Creek, PA 15145


1930 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Formerly of North Versailles, died on Sunday, February 16, 2014, at the Southwestern Veterans Center. He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Jane (Rothrauff) Downing, who died on January 20, 2014. John was born on April 24, 1930, in North Braddock, PA, to the late Margaret (Scanlon) and Timothy Downing. He is survived by his loving children, Mary Ann (Michael Fey) Downing of California, Paul J. (Sherry) Downing of Tennessee and Karen (Sam) Levenson of Illinois; his granddaughters, Michaela and Madeline Tondi and Sarah and Rachel Levenson; his brother-in- law, Fr. Noel H. Rothrauff, O.S.B. of St. Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe; his sister-in-law, Judy Downing of Jeannette; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, neighbors, caregivers, and friends. Preceded in death by his brothers, Timothy Downing (who was killed in action during WWII in France) and Jerry Downing; his sisters, Luella (late Joe) Kline and Margaret (late Charles) Cramer; and his brother-in-law, Fr. Leo P. Rothrauff, O.S.B. John was a 1948 graduate of St. Thomas High School in Braddock and a proud Korean War Navy veteran. John worked for many years in the "Big Shop" at the US Steel Homestead Works. He was a member of St. Colman Church and formerly St. Robert Bellarmine. John was a former volunteer with the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and was a member of the East McKeesport V.F.W. Hilltoppers Post #8430. Friends welcome Wednesday 2-7 p.m. at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, TURTLE CREEK / MONROEVILLE CHAPEL, 1111 Monroeville Ave. at James St., Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Colman Church on Thursday at 10:30 a.m., followed by a Presentation of Military Honors. John will be buried privately beside his wife in St. Joseph Cemetery in North Versailles. Memorial donations may be made to Southwestern Veterans Center, 7060 Highland Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15206.
Send condolences at
Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Feb. 17 to Feb. 18, 2014
Read More